The Puducherry government has proposed to convert all 40-primary health centers and 80 sub-centers into health and wellness centers to extend healthcare services around the clock in the Union territory. Health minister Malladi Krishna Rao, who called on the Union health and family welfare minister Jagat Prakash Nadda at New Delhi made an appeal in this regard. Rao said Puducherry is the first in the country to propose the scheme, which will ensure quality primary and secondary healthcare to all sections of the people. A release from Rao’s office claimed that the Union minister accorded in-principle approval to the scheme.
Rao was of the opinion that the scheme will ensure prevention, early detection and management of complications in non-communicable diseases like diabetes and hypertension in the territory. Rao also called on joint secretary (health) Lav Agarwal, additional secretary Arun Singhai and national health mission director Manoj Jhalani and urged them to increase the staff members as per the Indian public health standards. He also urged them to set up skill development center to train people in disaster management. – TOI